Fortune Teller Bar and the Little Dipper Unite in New Business Partnership


  • Photo by Mabel Suen.

Two of St. Louis' favorite Cherokee staples are taking their relationship to the next level.

Starting in November, the Fortune Teller Bar and the Little Dipper will enter a space-sharing arrangement. The Fortune Teller Bar's location at 2635 Cherokee Street will become the home of both companies, where the Little Dipper will provide the food and the Fortune Teller Bar will bring the booze.

"We just never knew much about running a kitchen profitably, but we know how to sell booze, so we're partnering with someone who can do what we can't," Fortune Teller Bar co-owner Matt Thenhaus said in a press release.

The pair will be following in the footsteps of other local business partnerships, including 4 Hands Brewery/5th Wheel Catering and the Tick Tock Tavern/Steve's Hot Dogs. Rest assured that the two businesses will remain separate entities — Fortune Teller Bar will continue to serve its craft beer and cocktails, while the Little Dipper will cook up its comfort food menu of sandwiches and soups. And, yes, the tarot card readings will continue.

The Fortune Teller Bar is currently undergoing a three-week kitchen overhaul to accommodate its new business partner. In the meantime, bar service is still available with pop-up options from neighboring restaurants. The Little Dipper at the Fortune Teller Bar will officially open for business on Saturday, November 5 — the week of both businesses' anniversaries.

This partnership will come as great news for fans of the Little Dipper, which closed its doors at 2619 1/2 Cherokee Street on August 13 after various ownership changes and only a year and a half of business. The reason for closure was never quite clear, but now owner and chef Tanya Brown is focusing on the future.

"This is like a dream come true for me. I have put my heart and soul into the Little Dipper and couldn't be more excited to continue this adventure on Cherokee," she  says. "This neighborhood has quickly become my second home. I definitely lucked out finding my spot with the Fortune Teller Bar family. Although we are separate businesses, we already run like a well-oiled machine. I can't wait to show what the Little Dipper can do in this space."

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